Grumman F5F-1 Skyrocket

Grumman’s entry into the “heavy fighter” sweepstakes was destined to never advance beyond the prototype stage. But its not an easy thing to dismiss it as a failed design.

Let’s take a look at an interesting design; in particular WHY it wasn’t built and if it plausibly COULD have been.

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Fiat CR.42 Falco

The main Italian fighter in service at the start of World War II was definitely more the ultimate expression of a past era than anything modern.

Let’s take a look.

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Nakajima A6M2-N Rufe

The float version of the Zero was perhaps the most successful floatplane fighter ever built.

This will also be the mildest sort of “hypothetical” build I can even imagine. The aircraft is real, its service by unit and location are accurate, its markings are accurate for its unit. Just one small detail is hypothetical, and there’s a serious history behind that too. You may guess from the pictures, the hypothetical is about — purple…

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Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I

An example of a less than fully successful concept, the Defiant was one of the first generation of fighters that Great Britain had on entering World War II.

Let’s look an interesting idea that never fulfilled its promise.

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Theme Build 2


I would guess the idea of “Hypothetical” builds immediately conjures thoughts of “Luftwaffe ’46” subjects for most of us. Back in the ’90s I think there were whole TV series built on this idea! Although such subjects do have some passing interest to me (really, who doesn’t like seeing outrageous jet fighters that never progressed past napkin doodles?!) I bet most readers will not be too surprised to hear I’m actually more interested in things with more plausibility. Especially aircraft that could have appeared in the middle of the War without such massive disruptions of the space/time continuum…

So for my first foray into this theme I won’t do any Luftwaffe ’46. You may not believe me when you see my list! In order (from least to most, errr, “hypothetical”) I will do an A6M2-N Rufe, F5F Skyrocket, Messerschmitt Me 509 and P-80 Shooting Star. If any of that makes you question my “least to most” claim, let’s just say I consider actual changes to War timelines more significant than production or engineering decisions.
As always, I won’t be giving away any more spoilers about my subjects until their individual posts drop.

I have built a few such models before. I think its occasionally fun to visualize things that never quite were. I also like it as an exercise in looking at how things came to be, and what it would have taken to change them. Hopefully this will be fun for all of us, or at least we can have a good argument about why I think its fun. I think these will all be pretty simple builds and will take about three weeks each.

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Panzer VI Tiger

Germany’s famous, and very heavy Tiger tank entered production Summer of 1942.

Time for a quick look at one of the very first to see combat.

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Grumman F3F-2

The US Navy pushed through a last generation of “modern” biplane fighters when most other air arms were switching to monoplanes.

Let’s take a look at the ultimate expression of a passing era.

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Lockheed P-38F Lightning

Lockheed’s big Lightning first came to prominence late in the North Africa campaign.

Let’s look at a primary operator of the type.

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M4A1 Sherman

The Sherman Tank served almost every place the US Army did in World War II.

Let’s take another look at the ubiquitous Sherman.

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Opel Blitz Fuel Truck

I’ve built another one. I feel like I have a pretty good assortment of fuel trucks at this point!

What can we say about this Luftwaffe service vehicle?

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